Bernie on the Scene: AL West Analysis & Predictions

Bernie on the Scene: AL West Analysis & Predictions

This article is part of our Bernie on the Scene series.

This week, I'll look at the American League West.

The payroll estimates are from FanGraphs. The grades and win totals are mine.

A grade of C reflects an average major league player.

I do not list bench players.

AMERICAN LEAGUE WEST

HOUSTON ASTROS
Estimated Payroll: $189M 
My Estimated Win Total: 89 

Lineup: Steady and effective

Jose Altuve, 2B, BR, Grade B-
Not the same guy at age 30, but still a quality hitter

Michael Brantley, LF, BL, Grade B-
Still an on-base and hit machine at age 33

Alex Bregman, 3B, BR, Grade B
I still like this guy to hit a ton of homers and drive in runs

Carlos Correa, SS, BR, Grade B
Not elite, but if he stays healthy, he's plenty good

Yordan Alvarez, DH, BL, Grade B-
Tremendous power with chances for tons of RBIs

Yuli Gurriel, !B, BR, Grade C+
I worry about his bat in his age 37 season

Kyle Tucker, RF, BL, Grade B
Uppercut home run swing should put him higher in batting order

Myles Straw, CF, BR, Grade C
Will have to steal plenty of bases to stay fantasy worthy

Martin Maldonado, C, BR, Grade C-
Not much offense fro an aging veteran

Rotation: Weakened without Valdez, Verlander and Whitely

Zack Greinke-RHP-Grade B
Fastball has faded, but every other pitch has great movement

Lance McCullers Jr., RHP, Grade B-
New contract proves his worth to the Astros

Jose Urquidy, RHP,

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Bernie Pleskoff
Bernie Pleskoff is a former professional scout for the Houston Astros and Seattle Mariners.
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